Profession commercial pilot

Commercial pilots navigate flight of fixed-wing and multi-engine aircrafts for the transport of passengers and cargo.

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Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Aviation meteorology

    Understand aviation meteorology to deal with the impact of weather on air traffic management (ATM). Understand how thorough changes in pressure and temperature values at airports can create variations in head and tail-wind components, and may impose low visibility operating conditions. Knowledge of aviation meteorology can help to reduce negative impact on the ATM system by diminishing disruption and the consequent problems of disturbed flow rates, lost capacity and induced additional costs.

  • Visual flight rules

    Types of flight rules which are a compilation of regulations that allow pilots to fly aircrafts in clear as well as unclear weather conditions whereby it is declared that outside visual reference to the ground and other obstructions are not safe.

  • Pre-flight procedures for IFR flights

    Understand pre-flight duties while preparing an IFR flight; read and comprehend flight manual.

  • Aircraft flight control systems

    Know the setting, features and operation of aircraft flight control systems. Manage flight control surfaces, cockpit controls, connections, and operating mechanisms required to control the flight direction of an aircraft. Operate aircraft engine controls in order to change aircraft speed.

  • Air transport law

    Know air transport laws and regulations. Due to the nature of aviation, knowledge of air transport laws partially overlaps with knowledge of international law.

  • Civil aviation regulations

    Know civil aviation regulations, rules and signals, including marshalling signals.

  • Geographic areas

    Know the geographic area in detail; know where different organisations carry out operations.

  • Air traffic control operations

    Understand the tasks performed by air traffic controllers, including Interaction and effective communication between aircraft and air traffic controllers; execution of follow-up activities, and ensuring smooth operations during flights.

  • Airport planning

    Know airport planning for different types of aircrafts; use that information to mobilise resources and people in order to handle the aircrafts while they are in the airport.

  • Common aviation safety regulations

    The body of legislation and regulations that apply to the field of civil aviation at regional, national, European and International levels. Understand that regulations aimed at protecting citizens at all times in civil aviation; ensure that operators, citizens, and organisations comply with these rules.

Skills

  • Execute flight plans

    Listen to the briefing given by the captain or the crew manager; understand service requirements and apply the commissioned tasks in an appropriate manner.

  • Respond to changing navigation circumstances

    Respond decisively and in sufficient time to unexpected and rapidly changing situations while navigating.

  • Comply with air traffic control operations

    Act in compliance with instruction provided by air traffic controllers.

  • Apply signalling control procedures

    Control train movements; operate railway signals and block systems to ensure that trains operate safely, on correct routes, and on time.

  • Perform take off and landing

    Perform normal and cross-wind take-off and landing operations.

  • Make independent operating decisions

    Make immediate operating decisions as necessary without reference to others, taking into account the circumstances and any relevant procedures and legislation. Determine alone which option is the best for a particular situation.

  • Maintain counterweight inside modes of transport

    Maintain balance and mass distribution inside the means of transport (vessel, aircraft, train, road vehicles, etc). Ensure that passengers and cargo distribution do not hinder the mobility of the mode of transport.

  • Operate cockpit control panels

    Operates control panels in the cockpit or flight deck according to the needs of the flight. Manage on-board electronic systems to ensure a smooth flight.

  • Work in an aviation team

    Work confidently in a group in general aviation services, in which each individual operates in their own area of responsibility to reach a common goal, such as a good customer interaction, air safety, and aircraft maintenance.

  • Follow airport safety procedures

    Comply with airport safety procedures, policies and legislation to ensure a safe working environment for all employees, and to ensure the safety of passengers.

  • Implement airside safety procedures

    Apply a series of airfield safety rules and procedures to ensure a safe working environment for airport crew.

  • Apply airport standards and regulations

    Know and apply the accepted standards and regulations for European airports. Apply knowledge to enforce airport rules, regulations, and the Airport Safety Plan.

  • Have spatial awareness

    Be aware of your position and the space around you. Understand the relationship of objects around you when there is a change of position.

  • Apply company policies

    Apply the principles and rules that govern the activities and processes of an organisation.

  • Perform risk analysis

    Identify and assess factors that may jeopardise the success of a project or threaten the organisation's functioning. Implement procedures to avoid or minimise their impact.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Follow ethical code of conduct in transport services

    Carry out transport services according to accepted principles of right and wrong. This includes principles of fairness, transparency, and impartiality.

  • Read 3D displays

    Read 3D-displays and understand the information they provide on positions, distances, and other parameters.

  • Ensure ongoing compliance with regulations

    Conduct tasks and procedures to ensure that aviation certificates maintain their validity; undertake safeguarding measures as appropriate.

  • Use different communication channels

    Use various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the aim of constructing and sharing information and ideas.

  • Read maps

    Read maps effectively.

  • Operate radio equipment

    Set up and operate radio devices and accessories, such as broadcast consoles, amplifiers, and microphones. Understand the basics of radio operator language and, when necessary, provide instruction in handling radio equipment correctly.

  • Operate radar equipment

    Operate radar screens and other radar equipment; ensure that aircraft fly at a safe distance from one another.

  • Use meteorological information

    Use and interpret meteorological information for operations dependent on climatic conditions. Use this information to provide advise on safe operations in relation to weather conditions.

  • Perform routine flight operations checks

    Perform checks before and during flight: conduct pre-flight and in-flight inspections of aircraft performance, route and fuel usage, runway availability, airspace restrictions, etc.

  • Perform flight manoeuvres

    Perform flight manoeuvres in critical situations, and associated ‘upset’ manoeuvres, in order to avoid collision.

  • Operate two-way radio systems

    Use radios that can receive and transmit sound signals in order to communicate with similar radios on the same frequency such as mobile phones and walkie talkies.

  • Identify airport safety hazards

    Spot threats related to security at the airport and apply procedures to counteract them in a quick, safe, and efficient way.

  • Undertake procedures to meet aircraft flight requirements

    Ensure that operation certificates are valid, guarantee that take-off mass is a maximum of 3,175 kg, verify that the minimum crew is adequate according to regulations and needs, ensure that the configuration settings are correct, and check if engines are suitable for the flight.

  • Operate radio navigation instruments

    Operate radio navigation instruments to determine the position of aircraft in the airspace.

  • Ensure compliance with civil aviation regulations

    Ensure best practice standards are adopted and all regulatory requirements met

Optional knowledge and skills

listen actively adapt to changing situations create a flight plan